Business rate reliefs

Businesses in rural populations under 3,000 people

If your business is based in a rural village with a population of under 3,000 people, are entitled to a 100% reduction in the rates bill  - if you are:

  • The only village general store or post office, as long as it has a rateable value of less than £8,500
  • A food shop with a rateable value of less than £8,500 (take away and restaurants are not included)
  • The only village pub or petrol station (rateable value of less than £12,500).

If you are a business in a qualifying rural village with a rateable value of less than £16,500 you may be able to get 100% relief if your business is considered to be of benefit to the local community. However, this is decided on a case by case basis.

View our list of rural settlements.

If you think you are eligible, please fill in our online form:

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